Nordic Noise IV Day 2 @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK)

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'Nordic Noise Rock Festival 2017' - Day Two

DENNER/SHERMANN / TYGERS OF PAN TANG / SEA / SYRON VANES / FRANKLIN ZOO / BLACK OAK COUNTY / BLACK INCOME / BLACK SWAMP WATER

Date: 13th May, 2017
Venue: Remisen
Tickets: 450DKK (€60/$70) GA - 666DKK (€83/$93) VIP
Promoter: Mighty Music
Photos: Erika Wallberg


If my planning skills were off on Friday, it was a disaster on Saturday and I completely missed BLACK SWAMP WATER which really was a shame since I liked what I heard when checking them out. Hopefully I'll get another chance to see them in action!

So, BLACK INCOME was the first band I saw that Saturday afternoon and actually they were the only band I didn't check out at all prior to the festival. They came as a bit of a surprise; I don't know what I expected but it sure wasn't what was served. The Black fateful touch in dirty Rock really works, like the holy trinity between early THE CULT, Danish pride D.A.D and DANZIG or so. It sounded very cool.

Set opener "Left You Alone" set the mood immediately with a good drive. I really like the Hardcore touch when it comes to vocal lines and harmonies when the music isn't Hardcore. The downside with the BLACK INCOME show was that the performance got a bit stiff as they're only a trio (at least here) and both guitarist Henrik Thrane and bassist Michael Gersdorff Kristensen were stuck behind their microphones. I understand the dynamics to have one member on each side of the stage, but it gets boring to watch. But musically it was really cool, even if the beat was a bit harsh, the whole feel in BLACK INCOME's music was hypnotic and easy to let the mind wander. I love it when I'm engulfed by the music this way.

I really wish I'd listened more to BLACK INCOME prior to the 'Nordic Noise Festival' as I think that being a bit more familiar with the music, I would have enjoyed it even more. Now it was mainly "My Favorite Gasoline" that got stuck in mind. The song has resemblances with the first TRANSPORT LEAUGE record and that's all good. So, when the day started for me, it started really good.

BLACK INCOME setlist:

01. "Left You Alone"
02. "Everything"
03. "Like A Storm (The Muff)"
04. "Drunk (Chilli Van)"
05. "My Favorite Gasoline"
06. "Go Quite"

BLACK INCOME

Black Income @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Income @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Income @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Income @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Income @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Black Income @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Income @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Income @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Income @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Income @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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The theme on band names starting with ‘black’ continued with BLACK OAK COUNTY, another band that, just like STATEMENT, I've seen posts and promotion about here and there but never really got the chance to listen to it. The samples I've heard have been good, but again, as a few other bands on the bill, nothing I’d listen to normally. But this band sure impressed me. They're still very young but the determination and confidence while performing shows that they have the talent and know how to use it. And this is with only one album in the baggage.

After "Someone Else" and "The Bogeyman", I was hooked. I loved the attitude in the music, they had the oomph and a very good beat. I realized again I need to stop dismiss Danish bands just because they're not a part of the genres I normally listen to. Until now, every single band has been impressive, and BLACK OAK COUNTY is definitely up there too. The tempo was taken down a bit in "Laughing With The Crows" which was welcomed and enhanced the impression even further. Niels Beier’s vocal capacity was phenomenal and it looked so easy; there was no hesitation in anything and he handled the guitar flawless at the same time too. "Save Me" went down well too - that ‘80s MTV touch worked fine. The two songs closing the set, "Mad Dog" and "Never Cared", were back to the up-tempo style initiating the show. I especially liked the groove in the last of the two which touched upon Stoner almost. Good, Heavy and fun.

BLACK OAK COUNTY setlist:

01. "Someone Else"
02. "The Bogeyman"
03. "Laughing With The Crows"
04. "Nothing To Say"
05. "Save Me"
06. "If You Only Knew"
07. "Mad Dog"
08. "Never Cared"

BLACK OAK COUNTY

Black Oak County @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Oak County @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Oak County @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Oak County @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Oak County @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Black Oak County @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Oak County @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Oak County @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Oak County @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Oak County @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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I think I read somewhere that FRANKLIN ZOO played Rock... Sure, it's Rock but has a lot more to it than just plain Rock! Musically, it was solid, and they had that metallic sound prominent in Sludge / Hardcore but combined with very cool and psychedelic melodies and passages, it sure got interesting.

Heavy "Walk Alone" initiated the set, and already in the first verse, vocalist Rasmus Revsbech impressed. Ok, newer "No Ones' Slave" stood out and appealed to me more as it felt much more unique than the set opener. The heavy riffs in "Cold" was fantastic and to mix that Heavy as hell type of music with something really mellow and make it flow, is something that only a few manage - it all sounded fantastic. And FRANKLIN ZOO's whole performance had the same dynamics, it suited together in a very good way which made it a lot of fun to watch. Ok, Rasmus’ very charismatic moves and dramatic expression stole much of my attention but the others did really well too! And most important, it all sounded fantastic.

"Red Skies", the title track from FRANKLIN ZOO's latest album, was another one that really got me going. It's a Heavy and dark one with fantastic melodies that really kept the music interesting from start to end. FRANKLIN ZOO really impressed and sat this as one of my favorite performances of the festival.

FRANKLIN ZOO setlist:

01. "Walk Alone"
02. "No Ones' Slave"
03. "Cold"
04. "It's Not Me"
05. "Burning Man"
06. "Red Skies"
07. "Left For Dead"

FRANKLIN ZOO

Franklin Zoo @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Franklin Zoo @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Franklin Zoo @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Franklin Zoo @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Franklin Zoo @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Franklin Zoo @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Franklin Zoo @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Franklin Zoo @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Franklin Zoo @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Franklin Zoo @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Swedish Old School, then... If BULLET was a part of the NWOSOSHM, SYRON VANES was definitely a part of the FWOSHM (First Wave Of Swedish Heavy Metal) as their history reaches back to the early ‘80s. SYRON VANES took the opportunity to show off fantastic "Chaos From A Distance" released earlier this year and played the first half straight off. I really like the album and SYRON VANES sounds awesome live. But, as many Swedish bands from the same era, they sounded safe compared to the Danish competition on the bill. It was just what I expected. Again, it was really good. They are fantastic musicians and Rimmy Hunter has a very cool voice, but with more of an in-your-face attitude, it can be even better. All this might be founded in that the scene in Sweden isn't happening anymore and the places for bands to play nowadays are almost non-existent.

The title track from the album "Chaos From A Distance" is a favorite and it was really good to hear it live. "The Seventh Day" is also really good and worked very well live. I love the up-tempo beat and gnawing vocal line in the verses.

Raw "Hellion Child" also sounded very good and I like it when bands play a lot of new material when they hit the stage. Still I think they could have brought in some old school stuff - one at least. I wouldn't have mind to hear "Revenge" or "Born To Rock". But it was a good show and it still is a shame I’ve always been outside of Sweden when seeing SYRON VANES - they should definitely play more often on Swedish soil.

SYRON VANES setlist:

01. "God Of War"
02. "Angelchild"
03. "Chaos From A Distance"
04. "Crucified"
05. "The Seventh Day"
06. "Hellion Child"
07. "Lies"
08. "Insane"

SYRON VANES

Syron Vanes @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Syron Vanes @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Syron Vanes @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Syron Vanes @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Syron Vanes @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Syron Vanes @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Syron Vanes @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Syron Vanes @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Syron Vanes @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Syron Vanes @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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SEA released their "The Grip Of Time" album the day before they played the 'Nordic Noise Festival' so this became sort of a release party for the album as well. And SEA really did an impressive presentation of it all. The dynamics in their ‘70s influenced classic Heavy Metal was just fantastic and the gnawing beat in opening "Rust" sat the mood right away. The structure in "Back To The Ground" and "Once We Were Dead" was pretty similar with a hard stomp and mellow passages. The thing I really liked was that they mastered both the Heavy and the soft things really well. They managed to keep the intensity, even if both the volume and frenzy in the riffs went down.

Fantastic "No Dawn" was the real highlight of the show as it took everyone back to those first few RAINBOW albums. The phrasing in the verses as well as the build-up of the song had similarities with "Catch The Rainbow" - the difference is that "No Dawn" gets Heavy on occasion. But the feel, melancholy and general expression is comparable to that masterpiece. Anders Brink doesn't sound like Ronnie James Dio of course but he has a great nerve in his voice and really sounds fantastic.

The more up-tempo "The Stranger Within" was another favorite from SEA's set. It's always good when bands manage to tease with more than melodies. SEA also had a lot of very cool hooks in their music that dragged me in. And to judge by the following for SEA, they have their gigs going for them. They sure should have as they sounded fantastic - old school with a new touch.

SEA setlist:

01. "Intro"
02. "Rust"
03. "Back To The Ground"
04. "Once We Were Dead"
05. "Ride On"
06. "Cry"
07. "No Dawn"
08. "Medley"
09. "The Stranger Within"
10. "Sorry To Be Sane"

SEA

Sea @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sea @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sea @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sea @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sea @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Sea @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sea @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sea @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sea @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sea @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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I was supercharged to see TYGERS OF PAN TANG this time. They've been great the times I've seen them in recent years and their self titled album, released late in 2016, is a true killer. "Only The Brave" (from that fantastic record) kicked off the show in a great way. Again, this is an old school band that has released one of their best records ever now and seem to be really excited to be on stage. They radiate joy and it's a pleasure to watch them play.

As always, it is the classics that get the biggest response from the crowd, and no exception here, so "Love Don't Stay", "Gangland" and "Euthanasia" boosted the crowd in a very good way. And it's so much fun to watch TYGERS OF PAN TANG play. Iacopo Meille's voice fits the music perfectly and so does his gentleman attitude. I mean, TYGERS OF PAN TANG was never really as raw and filthy as the rest of the NWOBHM bands - they always had that touch of Arena Rock, larger than life. And it feels very natural these days. Also, Micky Crystal has grown since I last saw the band, he grabs every opportunity to shine and with all rights as he's a fantastic guitarist.

I could easily have taken a few more from the new album, still I'm really happy with the set as it was a good mix of new songs and classics. When a band has as much fun as TYGERS OF PAN TANG had here, it really doesn't matter what they play though. On occasion, Rob Weir started to lean backwards on Iacopo and he pushed it hard, Rob was on a 45 degree angle from the floor at one point. It looked crazy but fun and the crowd was pleased with this whim. "Devil You Know" is rather soft on record and with it's easy to sing along to melody it worked perfect live.

Then, to wrap things up, it felt like a waste of time that ZZ TOP's "Tush" was played instead of a TYGERS OF PAN TANG original. It's of course a good song but still, it feels more like set closer "Love Potion #9" is a part of the TYGERS-catalogue, plus their version is much better than the original, if you ask me. It had been a very good day straight through here, but TYGERS OF PAN TANG took it up one step; they had fun and sounded amazing and I started to worry that DENNER / SHERMANN would be a bit over-run by this performance.

TYGERS OF PAN TANG setlist:

01. "Only The Brave"
02. "Love Don't Stay"
03. "Gangland"
04. "Euthanasia"
05. "Glad Rags"
06. "Never Give In"
07. "Keeping Me Alive"
08. "Don't Stop By"
09. "Raised On Rock"
10. "Devil You Know"
11. "Hellbound"
12. "Suzie Smiled"
13. "Tush" (ZZ TOP cover)
14. "Love Potion #9" (THE CLOVERS cover)

TYGERS OF PAN TANG

Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tygers Of Pan Tang @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Of course, it’s not easy to compare two that much different bands like TYGERS OF PAN TANG and DENNER / SHERMANN. The sets were very different style-wise and it's hard to pick a favorite out of the two actually.

This was the third (or something) time I saw DENNER / SHERMANN play and it's always been good, but I've always expected more than what they've delivered. First, because MERCYFUL FATE was a complete smack in the face the times I saw them. And also that Sean Peck always have delivered a full on show, both with CAGE and DEATH DEALER. He's always in your face and will convince you that what he's doing is the best thing ever happening in the world of Heavy Metal. And that didn't happen on the previous shows with DENNER / SHERMANN. I've had extreme expectations on DENNER / SHERMANN, no doubt about that, but the combination is among the coolest things ever.

That's why this gig was so much fun to see, Sean was back to his regular self and felt much more confident in his performance. Vocally, he's always been flawless but now the visuals were there too!

"War Witch" and "Wolf Feeds At Night" went down really well - the latter is really a favorite from the fantastic "Masters Of Evil". Both "Satan's Tomb" and "Angel's Blood" are great too and I think it's more fun when DENNER / SHERMANN play their own songs rather than the MERCYFUL FATE classics. I love those too but when their own material is as good as it is, it doesn't feel all that necessary. I suppose most everyone else will disagree with me here. And by all means, it's not wrong to have "Curse Of The Pharaoh" and "Black Funeral" served on a Saturday night.

I was really happy to hear my absolute favorite from the "Master Of Evil" record, "Pentagram & The Cross"; I love the beat which is very head-bang friendly and how Sean screams in this one. The mix of dark vocals and screams are fantastic. The set and the fourth edition of 'Nordic Noise Festival' was closed with yet another MERCYFUL FATE track, "A Corpse Without Soul" and it felt like the show was over in no time. It was so good to see this, it all lived up to my expectations and sounded fantastic. Completely different compared to TYGERS who were awesome too, yes.

Let's just say that the day was fantastic as was the whole festival, cozy and friendly. I'm really looking forward to the fifth edition, and I'm booked already since BLITZKRIEG and VAMPIRE was announced before everything was wrapped up.

DENNER/SHERMANN setlist:

01. "War Witch"
02. "Wolf Feeds At Night"
03. "Satan's Tomb"
04. "Angel's Blood"
05. "Evil"
06. "Curse Of The Pharaohs"
07. "Into The Coven"
08. "Black Funeral"
09. "Pentagram & The Cross"
10. "New Gods"
11. "Escape from Hell"
12. "A Corpse Without Soul"

DENNER/SHERMANN

Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Denner/Shermann @ Remisen, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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